Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 25th May 2017

Furano Now!

Thursday 23rd March 2017, 6:44am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
It is snowing lightly right now and should continue to do so throughout the day. The temperature is just below freezing in the village so expect a frosty hard base directly under the dusting of 3cm of new snow. The sky is overcast but i may break up and be partially sunny later in the morning.   Read more ...
 

Kiroro Now!

Thursday 23rd March 2017, 7:53am
Weather conditions: snow clouds are still hovering overhead
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: --
welcome back winter! we have recieved 15cm at the base and 10cm at the top. the snow has come in cold but be carefull as there man be a crust hiding under the new snow   Read more ...
 

Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 23rd March 2017, 7:53am
Weather conditions: Cloudy but looks like it is clearing up
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: --
Hello and good morning from Yuzawa.

It's really nice to see a layer of snow on the ground and on top of the car this morning... around 3-5cm around town areas, with more on the slopes as you go higher.

Here is what resorts are reporting:

Kagura (Kagura Area and Mitsumata Area) - 10cm
Kagura (Tashiro) - 20cm
Maiko Snow Resort - 10-15cm

There's a lot of cloud around still, but things look like they might be clearing up and the sun is starting to show through.

So it should be a good early morning with that fresh snow to play in. Still a chance of more snow tonight and tomorrow as well according to the forecasts.

Things should clear up for the weekend with fine weather currently forecast.

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Official snow depth information as of Thursday 23rd March 2017

Some numbers not updated for today at the time of this report

GALA Yuzawa
Official snow depth: 350cm

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Official snow depth: 230cm

Iwappara
Official snow depth: 155cm

Joetsu Kokusai
Official snow depth: 230cm

Kagura
Official snow depth: Kagura - 380cm; Mitsumata - 330cm; Tashiro - 350cm

Kandatsu Kogen
Official snow depth: 295cm

Maiko Snow Resort
Official snow depth: Upper - 295cm; Base - 110cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
Official snow depth: 280cm

Naeba
Official snow depth: 240cm

NASPA Ski Garden
Official snow depth: 205cm

Yuzawa Kogen
Official snow depth: Top - 240cm; Base - 140cm

Yuzawa Park
Official snow depth: 160cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
Official snow depth: 135cm

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Planned 'Nighta' operations (floodlit night skiing)

** Subject to change due to snow and weather conditions

Kandatsu Kogen
'Hobo All Night' ('Almost All Night' from 6pm-4am) is on Fridays, Saturdays and nights before holidays until 1st April 2017. Spring nighta (6pm-10pm) on Saturdays and nighta before holidays from 7th April until 22nd April

Naeba
Daily until 26th March 2017

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Planned season closing dates

** This information is subject to change due to snow and weather conditions. We will be checking and updating these dates as more information becomes available.

Sunday 26th March:
- Muikamachi Hakkai-san

Sunday 2nd April:
- Ishiuchi Maruyama
- Yuzawa Kogen
- Yuzawa Nakazato
- Yuzawa Park

Sunday 9th April:
- Iwappara
- Joetsu Kokusai
- Maiko Snow Resort
- NASPA Ski Garden

Sunday 7th May:
- GALA Yuzawa
- Kagura (Tashiro)
- Kandatsu Kogen
- Naeba (daily until 2nd April; weekends only 3rd-28th April; daily from 29th April)

Sunday 28th May:
- Kagura area (via Mitsumata)   Read more ...
 

Niseko Now!

Thursday 23rd March 2017, 8:04am
Weather conditions: Cloud, blue sky, sun
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

I have 2cm more fresh snow to report since my last report here near Hirafu base.

There's still a fair bit of cloud around at the moment, but lots of blue sky too and the sun is shining through my windows.

It feels like it should be a fine day, though there's still the chance of snowfall there on the forecast through until tomorrow.

I need to get myself over to Sapporo today and so the report is going up before resorts open, but I would imagine them opening as planned come 8:30am.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain base : -2°, 5cm new snow. Moiwa 800m: -5.6°, W10m/s, 40cm snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -9°, W15m/s, 50cm snowdrift development, snowpack 230cm. Hirafu 1250m, -7°, NW10m/s, snowdrift development. Coastal data: Kamui Cape: NNE7m/s, 1011hPa, wave 2.0m, Benkei Cape NNW11m/s.

The small low pressure system is still hanging around with strong winds at higher elevations and snow fall mixed with graupel. Above 800m elevation wind is over 10m/s and snow drift growth on leeward slopes and knolls has been up to 50cm. From observation, avalanche conditions are unstable. All gates are expected to be open dependent on lift operations.

The mountain has returned to winter conditions. Kozen no sawa sidewall, Osawa cornice face around 1000m and Higashi One cornice slope, the avalanche risk is high due to snowdrift growth over the last day. Avoid riding these areas. In south facing strictly off limits areas surface slab avalanches will easily occur, fracturing on Mar 21 layer. Never enter these areas.

Below 800m the snow in the trees is reset, but you are still hitting the bottom. Be careful loosing control and hitting obstacles. Pay attention to holes and cracks covered with new snow. This information is issued to prevent accidents out of bounds. Have a safe day. .

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Resort specific opening news at time of writing (subject to change during the day):

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Niseko Village
Niseko Annupuri
Resorts will likely be opening as planned this morning.

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Official resort snow depths as of Thursday 23rd March 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 330cm
Base - 125cm

Niseko Village
Top - 295cm
Base - 130cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 295cm
Base - 130cm

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Planned closing dates
Niseko Grand Hirafu plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May.
Niseko Hanazono plans to be open daily until Sunday 2nd April.
Niseko Village plans to be open daily until Sunday 2nd April (and then from 28th April until 7th May).
Niseko Annupuri plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May.

Night time floodlit operations have now finished for the season.   Read more ...
 

Madarao Now!

Thursday 23rd March 2017, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Overcast but signs of the sun
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Madarao.

A kind of overcast feel to the start of the day here. Snow overnight has stopped (not much on the ground) and we're in that overcast mode. Looks like the sun might be trying to break through.

There's still some snowfall here and there on the forecast in the coming week, so we might get more still. Would be great if we could get regular refreshes right up until the end of the season.

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Madarao Kogen plans to be open until Sunday 2nd April.
11 days to go!

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Operating status for the day at Madarao Kogen (at time of report):

- Number 1 lift
- Number 2 quad lift
- Number 3A lift
- Super quad lift
- Number 11 lift
- Number 12 lift
- Number 13 lift
- Number 15 lift
- Moving walkway
- Kids Park
- Free Ride Park

- Powder Wave I
- Powder Wave II
- River Line
- Powder Theater
- Adventure Aisle
- Crystal Bowl
- Ninja
- Sawa
- Rabbit
- Kamoshika
- Bear

- Remaining nighta at Madarao Kogen - today and Saturday 25th March.

Official snow depth:

- 260cm   Read more ...
 

Shiga Kogen Now!

Thursday 23rd March 2017, 8:33am
Weather conditions: Thin cloud but bright and the sun coming through
New snowfall: 6cm
Snow depth: --
Some thin cloud around this morning but the sun also making an appearance - and 6cm of fresh snow too.

Looking at the weekly forecast - it almost looks like mid-winter! Yes, please!

Let's enjoy it while we can.

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Official snow depths numbers reported by different areas of Shiga Kogen:

Please note that these numbers are the official numbers that ski resorts publish (and don't move much!)

Giant
220cm

Higashitateyama
260cm

Ichinose Family
260cm

Ichinose Diamond
260cm

Kumanoyu
340cm

Maruike
220cm

Nishitateyama
260cm

Okushiga Kogen
300cm

Sun Valley
200cm

Takamagahara Mammoth
260cm

Terakoya
260cm

Yakebitaiyama
280cm

Yokoteyama
320cm

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Spring season dates for Shiga Kogen resort areas:

Planned closing dates...it's complicated!
We surely have enough snow this season for resorts to be open as long as planned.
Below are the dates that I have found for each of the resort areas of Shiga Kogen.
Please note that from 8th May, joint Shiga Kogen lift tickets are not valid - individual tickets from the individual areas will be required.

Sun Valley
Both Sun Valley lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 2nd April

Maruike
The Number 1 triple lift plans to be operating until Sunday 2nd April
The Number 2 pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 26th March

Hasuike
The triple lift and ropetow plan to be operating until Sunday 26th March (ropetow weekends only)

Giant
The pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 2nd April

Higashitateyama
The Gondola plans to be operating until Sunday 2nd April

Bunadaira
The Hoppo quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 2nd April

Takamagahara Mammoth
The quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 7th May (* Saturdays and Sundays only from 10th April until 28th April).
The triple lift plans to be operating until Friday 31st March.
The pair lift plans to be operating until Friday 31st March (* Saturdays, Sundays and holidays only)

Nishitateyama
The Nishitateyama lifts plan to be operating until Friday 31st March

Tannenomori Okojo
The quad lift plans to be operating daily until Sunday 2nd April and then on 8th/9th April and from 29th April until 7th May

Ichinose Family
The Ichinose quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 7th May
The Ichinose Number 2 pair A lift plans to be operating until Friday 31st March
The Ichinose Number 2 pair B lift plans to be operating until Sunday 7th May
The Ichinose Number 3 quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 26th March (* closed Tuesdays)

Terakoya
The Terakoya lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 7th May (* Saturdays and Sundays only from 3rd April until 28th April).

Ichinose Diamond
The Ichinose Diamond quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 7th May (* Saturdays and Sundays only from 10th April until 28th April)
The Ichinose Diamond triple lift plans to be operating on 25th March

Yakebitaiyama
The Gondolas and Number 2 lift plan to be operating until Sunday 2nd April

Okushiga Kogen
The Okushiga Kogen Number 4 pair lift plans to be operating on 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd April and between 29th April and 7th May
The Okushiga Kogen Number 2, 3, and 6 pair lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 7th May
The Okushiga Kogen Gondola lift plans to be operating until Sunday 7th May

Kumanoyu
The Kumanoyu Number 1 pair lift plan to be operating until Sunday 7th May
The Kumanoyu Number 2 pair A and B lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 14th May
The Kumanoyu Number 3 quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 2nd April; and then on 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd April and from 29th April until 7th May

Yokoteyama & Shibutoge
The Yokoteyama Number 1 Sky A and B lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 7th May
The Yokoteyama Number 2 and 3 Sky lifts plan to be operating until late May
The Yokoteyama Number 4 pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 7th May (may be closed on certain days)
The Shibutoge lift plans to be operating until late May   Read more ...
 

Minakami Now!

Thursday 23rd March 2017, 8:41am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: --
With all the snow that has dropped from the sky over the past two days its set to be a big one at Tenjin today. The mountain is scheduled to open at 10am, the base is now only 30cm shy of 5m, we have more snow forecast for tonight and throughout Friday, clear weather Saturday before a big dump on Sunday and Monday... After barely seeing sun this whole month I am officially dubbing this the best March I've ever seen!

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Fresh snowfall:

15cm Tenjin
0cm Hodaigi
0cm Okutone

Temps at 8am

Official snow depth:

470cm Tenjin
250cm Hodaigi
210cm Okutone

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Resorts in Minakami (forecasts available from each page):

Akasawa
Minakami Hodaigi
Minakami Kogen Ski Resort
Minakami Kogen Fujiwara
Norn Minakami
Oh-ana
Okutone Snow Park
Tanigawa Tenjindaira
Tanigawa Onsen White Valley

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*** Please note that the fresh snowfall number being reported on this report is taken from the ‘base area’ of Tenjindaira - which is just by the top station of the Ropeway at that resort. Other snowfall numbers and commentary will be mentioned within each report when available.   Read more ...
 

Hakuba Now!

Thursday 23rd March 2017, 8:43am
Weather conditions: Overcast, cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning all.

Fine weather yesterday for lots of the day with more cloud moving in during the afternoon but as is so often the case they added to the drama of the scenery.

Resorts around the valley are this morning reporting between 1cm and 5cm of fresh snowfall on mountain, so it sounds like there is another modest layer to play in early on.

A bit of wind is being reported by 47, so may feel cold up there but it looks like all resorts are open as planned.

Hakuba Iwatake and Sanosaka only have 4 more days left this season (wow!), with Kashimayari and Hakuba Norikura open for another week beyond that, until 2nd April. The other 'big four' will be planning on continuing into Golden Week in early May (more on that later).

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Resort news as of 8:40am on Thursday 23rd March 2017:

All information as available and subject to change during the day due to weather and snow conditions.

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 is reporting 5cm of fresh snowfall on upper areas.
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth
Upper: 325cm
Base: 155cm

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting 1cm (Toomi) - 5cm (top) of fresh snowfall.
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth
Alps: 290cm
Toomi: 145cm
Iimori: 90cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 2cm of fresh snowfall (Riesen quad top).
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 245cm
Kurobishi: 320cm
Lower: 95cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Uma-no-se course appears to be closed.
The Tsugaike Ropeway is now operating for the spring season.
Official snow depth:
Tsuga-no-mori: 355cm
Han-no-ki: 350cm
Maruyama: 130cm
Oya-no-hara: 120cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 115cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Hakuba Cortina is reporting 1cm of fresh snowfall.
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth:
Top: 355cm
Base: 210cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Open until Sunday 26th March.
Official snow depth:
Top: 230cm
Base: 120cm

Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Open until Sunday 2nd April.
Official snow depth:
Top: 140cm

Kashimayari:
Open until Sunday 2nd April.
Official snow depth:
Top: 140cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
Open until Sunday 26th March.
Official snow depth:
Top: 95cm

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Planned nighta operations - be sure to check with resorts for latest:

Hakuba Goryu:
Planned to be open daily until 31st March (6pm until 9:30pm)

Hakuba Happo-one:
Planned to be open daily until 25th March (until 9pm on the Nakiyama area)
   Read more ...
 

Grandeco Now!

Thursday 23rd March 2017, 8:45am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 8cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from a snowy Grandeco.

We didn't expect any new snow fall this morning but when I got up, things had changed into "white world" again.

8cm of fresh snow on the ground at base and all courses have a nice new covering. The snow on the tree branches are so beautiful today. Ah, don't you just love winter and snow. It's sad in many ways when spring takes hold!

Anyway, visibility is not so good this morning because of the snowfall and there's some fog, but it will be a nice day to enjoy the upper courses and tree runs.

Very quiet ski ground today because of a few skiers, it is like your own private ski ground.

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Snow Park Information:

[Dekodaira E park]
2 way 10m kicker, 7m table top and 10m kicker.

[Deokoboko park]
6m wide box, 6m down box, 5m table top, 6m straight rail, 6m straight box, 6m carve box, 6m arch box, volcano, volcano, 3m table top and 5m table top.

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Lifts operating:

Lifts Operating:

- Gondola
- Number 1 quad lift
- Number 2 quad lift
- Number 3 quad lift
- Number 4 quad lift

Courses open:

All courses now open

Official snow depth:
310cm

Road Condition to Grandeco:
Inawashiro through Goshikinuma: wet
Goshukinuma through Grandeco: icy, very slippery   Read more ...
 

Naeba Now!

Thursday 23rd March 2017, 8:50am
Weather conditions: Beautiful blue skies with some clouds
New snowfall: 7cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba everybody.

Today looks like it's going to be a splendid day with blue skies all around.

There is also a decent amount of fresh powder around due to yesterday's snowfall with some parts of the mountain boasting 15cm of accumulation although it is more like 7 cm in the base area.

Looking on we have snow predicted for every day this week with heavy snowfall predicted as of Sunday night. There is also some rain predicted earlier on Sunday so let's hope this bypasses us.

Yes!   Read more ...
 

Zao Now!

Thursday 23rd March 2017, 8:57am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds + fog
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
White-out!

Or, is that grey-out!

Very poor visibility out there this morning. I'm not sure I'd be able to find my way around... hopefully it will improve as the day goes on.

Light snow at times on the forecast into tomorrow though the forecasts generally seem to be expecting clearer weather conditions over the coming weekend.

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Lift info:

Closed for the season:
- Paradise Number 3 pair
- Diamond Number 1 pair
- Zao Kokutai pair
- Ryuzen pair
- Karamatsu pair

Course info:

Closed for the season:
- Kotan

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Official snow depths (as published by the resort itself):
Summit - 150cm
Paradise - 240cm
Chuo - 240cm
Utopia - 190cm
Uwanodai - 130cm
Yokokura - 130cm   Read more ...
 

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Thursday 23rd March 2017, 9:00am
Weather conditions: Overcast kind of cloudy
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Nozawa.

I am writing my report this morning from.... Tokyo, so I'm going on what I have been told on the phone and what the official website is saying this morning. Please keep that in mind!

Looks like there's quite a lot of thin cloud around this morning and an overcast kind of start to the day. The resort was reporting a temperature of -5C on Yamabiko as of 7:15am and... actually, they haven't updated the info for the lower areas yet. I can't confidently put in the new snowfall reported by the resort this morning either as I don't have what they reported yesterday. Oh dear, perhaps I should avoid a report all together this morning! Many apologies. If anyone reading this wants to fill me in, please do contact and we'll happily update!

The forecast says there might be a bit more snow overnight tonight.

I'll be back to Nozawa tomorrow with a proper first-hand report.

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Nozawa Onsen plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May

Remaining nighta: one more time - on Saturday 25th March

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Thursday 23rd March 2017

Fresh snow reported by resort since yesterday morning:
- Yamabiko: 5+cm
- Uenotaira: 5+cm
- Hikage: ?cm
- Nagasaka: ?cm
- Karasawa: ?cm

Official snow depths:
- Yamabiko: 405cm
- Uenotaira: 310cm
- Hikage: 165cm
- Nagasaka: 155cm
- Karasawa: 95cm

Lifts operations:
- All lifts operating except:
- Yunomine pair (usually closed on weekdays)
- Mizunashi triple (usually closed on weekdays)
- Challenge pair (usually closed on weekdays)
- Utopia pair (usually closed on weekdays)

Courses not open today are:
- Grand Prix
- Hachiman
- Kandahar East
- Kandahar West   Read more ...
 

Myoko Now!

Thursday 23rd March 2017, 9:12am
Weather conditions: Actually clear, with thin cloud cover
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
It's sunny with a little cover of fresh, which we will very generously call 1cm. Could be more up high, as Suginohara added 5cm to their total. Snow stays on the forecast as well. That's not always great this time of year, as I found out yesterday. Fresh this time of year can be pretty sticky, definitely heavy and doesn't make for fast, smooth skiing. The good thing is that we haven't had a lot of either wind or rain, so the snowpack is holding on strong. Good news for spring skiing as the pack does settle and the warm winds blow. Just not this week.

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Akakura Kanko:
360cm, -2°

Akakura Onsen:
350cm, 0°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
210cm, 1°

Myoko Suginohara:
265cm, -6° (top)

Seki Onsen:
500cm, 0°

Myoko Ski Park:
280cm, 2°

Kyukamura RunRun:
280cm, 2°

Tangram Ski Circus:
210cm, 1°

Madarao Kogen:
260cm, -1°
   Read more ...
 

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Furano Now
06th Oct, 13:31
Niseko Now
20th Sep, 17:14pm
Minakami Now
17th Sep, 10:23
Madarao Now
22nd Jul, 13:05pm
Hakuba Now
14th Jul, 14:12pm
Myoko Now
01st Jul, 11:49pm
Yuzawa Now
29th May, 14:13pm
Shiga Kogen Now
29th May, 7:35
Appi Kogen Now
18th May, 8:33
Grandeco Now
07th May, 19:56pm
Zao Now
07th May, 19:55pm
Naeba Now
07th May, 19:55pm
Nozawa Onsen Now
07th May, 19:53pm
Kiroro Now
01st May, 9:18am

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